You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your health.
And while we all know catching our full 8 hours of uninterrupted Z’s is important, it can be hard for many of us to actually make that happen.
Because while it would be great if our habits simply guided by our intentions, they more often are triggered by our environments. A well-designed bedroom can be a key ingredient in a bedtime routine that makes sleep a priority.
Here are 7 bedroom design tips to help you get better sleep.
1. Find the Right Spot
The placement of your bed can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep.
Consider where the sources of natural light are in your bedroom and where your bed is in relation to things like doors and walkways. Bedroom Feng Shui principles suggest that you avoid placing your bed directly in line with the door and, if possible, try and place your headboard against a solid wall.
Ultimately what matters most is that you find the layout that is most comfortable for you. If you need help, Modsy can show you optimal layouts for your space in a 3D model of your room.
2. Park Your Screens
We all know it’s good sleep hygiene to put down our screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
Bake this habit into your bedtime routine by carving out a designated place to park your electronics so they don’t detract from a good night’s rest. Try placing a charging station on the other side of the room, or consider adding a tray to your nightstand to hold your phone at night.
By creating a designated place to hold your electronics you can get into the habit of eliminating pre-bedtime distractions and get a better night’s rest.
3. Keep It Climatized
Outfitting your bedroom to keep you comfortable is super important.
If you run cold, consider adding extra blankets and fluffy pillows to your bed. If you run hot, look for sheets that will help keep you cool at night.
4. Layer Your Lighting
Having only one, bright overhead light in your bedroom is the opposite of relaxing. Try adding different light sources in your bedroom to create a layered and relaxing vibe.
This will give you more control over how bright your space is. Turn it up bright in the morning when you’re getting ready and opt for softer light in the evening when you’re winding down.
5. Ban Clutter
There’s nothing like a big pile of dirty laundry staring you in the face to make going to bed less relaxing.
Kick clutter to the curb by designing a bedroom with ample storage. When everything has a place, keeping your bedroom tidy will be much easier.
6. Designate Areas for Different Activities
For many of us, our pre-bedtime routine might involve as many things as laying in bed, watching TV, and working on our laptops all at once. This jumble of activities can confuse our brains and make it hard to focus on getting a good night’s sleep.
Try creating a designated space for different activities in your bedroom. Maybe you have a desk by your bed where you attend to some late-night paperwork. A comfy armchair in the corner can provide a great reading nook.
This can help create environmental cues that tell your brain when it’s time to do what. So at the end of a long day, when you finally do tuck yourself into bed, your brain knows it’s time to sleep.
7. Make It Yours
Your bedroom, like the rest of your home, should be a reflection of you!
There’s no greater deterrent to good sleep than a bedroom that you hate spending time in.
Pick furniture and decor that speaks to you and turn your bedroom into a place you want to go to bed early in. So even if you can’t – because you know, life – it’ll still feel like a treat when you finally get there.